If GH stands for P as in HiccoughOUGH stands for O as in DoughPHTH stands for T as in PhthisisEIGH stands for A as in NeighbourTTE stands for T as in GazetteEAU stands for O as in PlateauThen the correctg way to spell POTATO would be GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU. (I don’t know where this came from originally, […]

Dead words

A couple of days ago someone wrote to me and asked if I had heard of ‘Corpus Linguistics’.  The first thing that popped into my head was “dead words”.  (Corpus – corpse / linguistics – words).  In my mind’s eye I saw a load of words lying around, unloved and unused, dying or dead.   […]

Spelling your name

Transcript A Bit of Fry and Laurie A policeman (Stephen Fry) and Derek (Hugh Laurie) are at the police station. P: All right. Could I just have your name, please, sir? D: Right, uh…hold on a second….(reaches into his pocket)…Ready? P: Yes. D: My name is Derek (drops a pack of gum on the counter—thunk). […]

Poor spelling can be damaging to credibility

Poor spelling can cut online sales in half.  Yes, according to Charles Duncombe, the director of the Just Say Please group, which  runs several websites, an analysis of website figures showed a single spelling mistake can cut online sales by half. William Dutton, director of the Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University, said there is […]